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MSNBC
Jul 8, 2011 11:00am EDT
florida. she's going to be anchoring our live coverage from there. also nbc's tom costello is going to be there as well with tamron. but let's start with tamron. mother nature finally cooperating, as i know, huh? >> you know, thomas, i'm taking a deep breath because i think you're right. we are seeing a window here. the excitement is building. as you mentioned, i'm with nbc's tom costello. and tom has in one ear our mission control, if you will, in new york counting us down. he also has nasa and their updates in the other ear. and looking behind me, sxwu pointed this out, tom, nasa may regret not going through with this launch. >> well, because we have, believe it or not, beautiful weather. and seconds ago as you were just giving the intro they gave the go. weather has -- the weather officer here has signed off on this mission. the flight officer has said we are going for launch. and he has said to commander chris ferguson, fergie, godspeed. that is the last time a launch director will ever say "godspeed" to a shuttle commander because this is the last shuttle mission. >> and a little bit
NBC
Jul 14, 2011 5:30pm PDT
this point, what if they don't? nbc's tom costello is with us from our d.c. newsroom tonight. tom, good evening. >> most financial analysts and economists are in agreement on this issue that if the u.s. were to default on its debt, the fragile economic recovery now underway could be seriously threatened. >> reporter: if the country needed another warning about the risks of not raising the debt ceiling, the nation's top banker today used very simple and direct language. >> i think it would be a calamitous outcome, it would create a very severe financial shock that would have effects not only on the u.s. economy but the global economy. >> reporter: fed chairman ben bernanke warns the shock would immediately cascade from the banking sector and into the nation's heartland. here's how. most analysts agree that interest rates on u.s. treasury bonds would quickly rise and that would push all interest rates higher, including new mortgages, credit cards, car and small business loans, eventually affecting prices for everything we buy. meanwhile the bipartisan policy center estimates the governmen
NBC
Jul 13, 2011 6:30pm EDT
given their $8 billion budget. it's where we begin tonight with nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: with it's tactics already making it one of the most ridiculed government agencies, members of congress today interrupted and taunted a top tsa administrator, even arguing amtrak police dogs would do a better job of explosive detection than one of the airport's scanners. the tsa today acknowledged 25,000 security breaches since the agency was founded in the months after 9/11. but that's over 10 years after 450 airports, on average, 5 1/2 breaches per airport per year, everything from a misplaced bag to doors left open and passengers walking into secure areas, but also more serious scenarios, like the man who flew across country on an expired boarding pass. while the tsa conducts security reviews of every airport every year, it today said it only conducted joint reviews with the fbi at 17% of the nation's highest risk airports. >> we will not get to 100% of 450 airports every year, no. >> reporter: today the former security director from israel's ben gurion airport has shifted its focu
NBC
Jul 3, 2011 6:30pm EDT
mission to the international space station. tonight, nbc's tom costello looks back at three decades of stunning achievement and tragic setbacks. >> reporter: ask anyone old enough to remember april 12th, 1981, and chances are, they do. >> the shuttle has cleared the tower. >> reporter: columbia rocketed to the space with its crew of two. settle i think we've got something that's really going to mean something to the crew and the world. >> reporter: after two days of orbit it landed safely in the california desert. "atlantis's" crew of four is preparing for the final countdown. hands on to make sure that the the space shuttle are honored by this mission and the legacy of the space shuttle. >> reporter: for three decades, the shuttle program has brought incredible triumph. the launch of the hubble telescope, john glen's return to space, the construction of the international space station, and the hubble repair mission. but also, tragedy. the loss of "challenger" and columbia. and lingering questions about whether spending 14 years in low-earth orbit has been worth the financial and scien
NBC
Jul 3, 2011 5:30pm PDT
the page in space exploration. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> when we come back, when did the united states declare its independence? the answer, believe it or not, is a surprise to many americans. >>> president obama returned to the white house from camp david this afternoon as he prepares for a budget showdown with congress this week over raising the debt limit and averting a government shutdown next month. >> the economy and jobs will be the subjects this wednesday when the president hosts a new kind of town hall meeting using twitter. although he's no stranger to social media, this will be his first official tweet-up, meaning he'll take your questions on twitter and answer them in a live webcast on twitter's website. it all starts at 2:00 p.m. eastern time on wednesday. >>> a footnote tonight from an earlier time. his name is command sergeant jeff mellinger. we learned today that he's scheduled to retire soon after 39 years in the u.s. army. here's what makes it different. sergeant major mellinger was drafted to fight in vietnam. back in 1972. while most of those draft
NBC
Jul 4, 2011 6:30pm EDT
. here with a sneak peek is nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: just after dusk in palmdale, california, on board a modified 747 nasa's newest most advanced infrared telescope is taking to the skies for an all-night mission of discovery. it's called s.o.p.h.i.a. flying near the strat sphere at 41,000 feet, two massive doors on the plane open up. at that altitude the telescope is above 99% of the earth's dust and water vapors. it should provide views scientists have never had before of nebulas, planets, stars and comets formed billions of light years ago but only visible to the telescope now. it is a glimpse at creation. >> we're seeing where stars are forming, and we're seeing it for the first time details of how it's all happening, how it's al. >> reporter: s.o.p.h.i.a. is a joint project between nas snasa and the german space agency. it's riding on a cushion of air of 24 black air bladders absorbing all the vibration from the plane that allows the telescope to lock on a distant star as if it were locking on a quarter with pinpoint accuracy. while the hubble telescope has beamed back pictu
NBC
Jul 4, 2011 5:30pm PDT
of the universe. here with an exclusive sneak peek is nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: just after dusk in palmdale, california, onboard a modified 747, nasa's newest, most advanced infrared telescope is taking to the skies for an all-night mission of discovery. >> nasa 747. >> reporter: it's called s.o.f.i.a. flying near the stratosphere two massive doors open up. they're over 99% of the earth case dust and water vapors. it should provide crystal clear infrared views like scientists have never had before of nebulas, planets, stars and comets formed billions of light years ago but only visible to the telescope now. it is say researchers a glimpse at creation. >> we're seeing where stars are forming, and we're seeing it for the first time, details of how it's all happening, how it's all coming together. >> reporter: s.o.f.i.a. is a joint project between nasa and the german space agency. the germans built the $120 million telescope and nasa provided the plane. it's riding on a cushion of air with 24 of these black air bladders literally absorbing all the vibration from the plane. tha
NBC
Jul 21, 2011 5:30pm PDT
might imagine, this was a bittersweet day for the men and women who have made it all happen. nbc's tom costello reports tonight from the nbc space center. >> reporter: in a pre-dawn landing with nasa precision, "atlantis" and her crew of four returned home safely this morning. >> main gear touchdown. >> reporter: at 5:57 a.m. america officially retired its last space shuttle. >> mission complete, houston. after serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history, and it's come to a final stop. >> reporter: inside mission control and outside in houston where 4,000 employees and their families had gathered, they celebrated the end of an era. >> you get goose bumps. you want to cry, but you want to be happy at the same time. it's just awesome. >> reporter: back in florida, with sunrise breaking behind "atlantis," a tearful tribute to the hundreds of thousands of people who have worked on the program since the beginning. >> i personally want to salute them and everybody who has been involved in this program. it's been a 30-year journey that has been absol
NBC
Jul 8, 2011 7:00pm EDT
tonight with nbc's tom costello who was lucky enough to watch it blast off at the cape today. tom, good evening. >> reporter: hi, brian. mission managers admit they got lucky with the weather, no rain, no lightning, even a last-minute technical glitch tonight keep "atlant "atlantis" on the ground. a farewell from the ground teams who have spent 30 years launching shuttle missions. >> on behalf of the greatest team in the world, good luck to you and your crew on the final flight of this true american icon. >> go flight, one more time, mike, witnessing this nation at its best. the crew of "atlantis" is ready for launch. >> reporter: the 135th shuttle mission thundered off the florida coast on a resupply mission to the space station. while on the ground, three-quarters of a million people gathered to witness history. >> i wish them god speed and i'm so proud, i'm happy to have seen them go out. >> reporter: but controversy continues to reign over nasa and its alumni race as to whether weather is conceding its position in the space race by ending the space shuttle before there is a craft to
NBC
Jun 30, 2011 5:30pm PDT
rail in china. >> reporter: this is tom costello. if they can build it in asia, why can't they build it here? well, in california, high-speed rail is on the way. construction begins next year on what will eventually be a northern california to los angeles line promising 150,000 jobs. this is about as american as you can get, good, green jobs, putting americans to work. at the moment, america only has high-speed rail in the northeast from d.c. to new york and boston where centuries old tracks and winding routes keep the acela from ever hitting peak speeds. this train runs on freight lines, but to go faster than 120 miles an hour would require an entirely new electrified network of high-speed rail lines. the obama administration is moving ahead. the ultimate goal, connect 11 megacity regions with a network of high speed track helping to relieve congested roads and airports. but it won't be cheap, $53 billion over the next three years, $600 billion over the next 25. already republican governors in florida, wisconsin and ohio have rejected high-paid rail money afraid they will be o
NBC
Jul 21, 2011 5:00am EDT
changed the way -- >> tom costello, i want to thank you for your special coverage with us. this has been an nbc news special report. a picture perfect landing of the space shuttle "atlantis." of course we're going to have much more on the shuttle landing on "today." i'm natalie morales in new york. >>> breaking news. moments ago the shuttle "atlantis" landed at the kennedy space center, ending nasa's shuttle program for good. this is a live look right there at "atlantis." good morning, and thanks for joining us for "news 4 today," i'm eun yang. >> and i'm aaron gilchrist in for joe krebs today. it's thursday, july 21st. of course we want to talk much more about the shuttle "atlantis" landing and the nasa space program. shuttle program. right now, though, the extreme heat is our top story. hovering over the metro area, it isn't going anywhere. in fact, it will get worse today and tomorrow.
MSNBC
Jul 8, 2011 2:00pm EDT
that is nbc news correspondent tom costello, and we are hearing people talk about orion over and over and explain orion and is that part of the scrapped constellation program? >> yeah. well, it is. the orion is the space capsule that will carry people into space eventually. the trouble is that for most of us to understand this, we have to break it down into two categories. going forward, nasa has two approaches, a low-earth orbit destination which is the space station, and a long destination, if the you will, that require heavy rockets which could be mars or asteroid or the moon. and at the moment, the plan to go to low-earth orbit is to turn it over to commercial venders and in other words, hiring a taxi service. they are still arguing over who that could be or competing over who it could be, and could be spacex or boeing, and there are a number of players there who say they can get astronauts to the space station within three or four or five years. that is the first part of the problem, and the second part is the long gain here. and to do that, we need a heavy lift capability.
NBC
Jul 4, 2011 11:00am EDT
" scheduled to lift off friday on a resupply mission. nbc's tom costello looks back at three decades of achievement and tragic setbacks. >> reporter: ask anyone old enough to remember april 12, 1981, and chances are they do. >> shuttle cleared the tower. >> reporter: columbia, america's first shuttle rocketed to space with its crew of two. >> i think we have something that is really been pitting the country and world. >> reporter: after two days it landed safe reply the california desert. >> touchdown. >> reporter: today with "atlantis" sitting on the pad, the crew of four is prepare for the final countdown. >> we want to make sure that we -- the thousands and thousands of people that put their hands on a space shuttle are honored by this mission. and the legacy of this space shuttle. >> reporter: for three decades the shuttle program has brought incredible triumph. the launch of the hubble telescope, john glenn's return to space, construction of the international space station, and the hubble repair mission. but also tragedy. the loss of challenger and columbia and 14 astronauts. linge
MSNBC
Jul 1, 2011 6:00am EDT
afford not to. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >> that was interesting. >> it really is. the united states need to get into this game, they need to get into it quickly for a lot of reasons. >> it's amazing, if you go to shanghai, you see the pace of development, like playing off this notion of the bridge. it is -- because as the guys -- one of the sources there said, there's no regulations whatsoever and there's a lot of money. they just -- you can literally if you spend two weeks there, watch them tearing stuff down and building new stuff up. the pace of development is kind of mind boggling to see how fast an old city has been converted into one of the most modern cities in the world. >> it's like we've got our feet in cement. we need to develop high speed rail networks across america for a lot of different reasons. it is to follow up what i did in the 1950s, we're in the 21st century. we need to move forward now. >> tom costello said, $500 billion number, that's over 25 years, that's $20 billion a year, that pales in comparison to what we spend in wars. nice to get out of t
MSNBC
Jul 21, 2011 10:00am EDT
good-bye to nasa's space program. what's next? tom costello with more from cape canaveral. >> reporter: it was an emotional and dramatic end to the space shuttle program here at 5:57 on runway 15, "atlantis" touched down just before 6:00 a.m. here are the sights and sounds as "atlantis" touched down the last time. >> landing gear down and locked. having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time. its voyage at an end. >> houston, after serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle earned its place in history, has come to a final stop. >> we copy your will stop. we'll take this opportunity to congratulate you, "atlantis," as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space faring nation who truly empowered this incredible spacecraft, which for three decades, have inspired millions around the globe. job well done, america. >> great words. great words. the space shuttle changed the way we view the world and changed the way we view our universe. a
NBC
Jul 15, 2011 9:00am EDT
. >> tom costello, thank you. >>> federal officials are investigating whether rupert murdoch corporation tried to hack the phones of 9/11 victims. >>> despite a default deadline just weeks away president obama and congressional leaders are not meeting face to face today to tackle the budget crisis. instead the president told lawmakers to spend the day today brain storming with our colleagues about a deficit reduction plan. and he scheduled a news conference to update the negotiations. >>> one of the newest luxury resorts on the las vegas strip are warning guests they may have been exposed to the bacteria that clauses legionnaires disease. the showers of aria contained lie levels of bacteria and more than 20,000 guests may have been exposed between june 21st and july 4th. six cases of the sometimes deadly disease were reported and treated. >>> the judge who declared a mistrial thursday in roger clemens' perjury case set a september hearing to decide if the former baseball star can be retried. clemmons is charge with lying to investigators three years ago when he said he never
MSNBC
Jul 1, 2011 2:00pm EDT
for air traffic controllers, and tom costello is joining me now. what do we know about the new regulations concerning those air traffic controllers falling asleep. >> yes, you remember that case in nevada when a comptroller was sleeping when a medevac plane was trying to make a landing. and because of those incidents, there is supposed to be a new step, and they prohibit controllers to be denied the ability to sleep while on duty, and that i have to conduct themselves professionally and be ready for recall at all time, and air traffic controllers must report for work ready for work and mentally alert, and they have extended the amount of time between shift from eight hours to nine hours hopefully allowing for more time for rest. as a result the controllers can request to take time off if they are too fatigued to work air traffic. they can request to take time off. also, they will now be allowed to listen to the radio and read appropriate printed material while on duty between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to keep themselves awake and mentally occupied and the faa has agreed to devel
NBC
Jul 8, 2011 7:00am EDT
the very last time this morning. nbc's tom costello is at the kennedy space center. hey tom, good morning. >> reporter: hi, ann. the weather is the big variable, as you mentioned. still a 70% of no-go but there is just a hint of more optimism out there right now. we have a live shot of "atlantis" sitting on the pad right now. if they don't go today, they'll go over the weekend. boy, is this place packed. three-quarters of a million spectators expected today. while wet weather may delay this morning's launch of "atlantis," nasa has gone through this routine hundreds of times before. but this countdown is different. the final crew to ever fly a shuttle. >> welcome aboard the space shuttle. >> reporter: at the johnson space center in houston, commander chris ferguson invited me into the shuttle training simulator to experience a virtual lift-off. >> that boom right there is the solid rocket booster. you can see the pad disappearing to the left here and we're on our way. >> reporter: and talk about the 135th, and final, flight. >> to know that you're preparing for the last mission, th
NBC
Jul 1, 2011 7:00am EDT
alone. aaa predicts nearly 40 million americans have the same idea. tom costello is at the national mall in washington with more on this. tom, good morning. >> reporter: hey, ann, good morning to you. this is going to be a very busy place. we got the folk line festival under way behind me, also the big fireworks show they're getting ready for on monday. two concerts on the steps of the capitol, also at the washington monument. but from coast to coast, we're talking beaches and barbecues and camping and celebration. july 1st and the 2011 great escape is on. ♪ hot fun in the summertime >> reporter: from yosemite in the west. >> i like the girls the best. >> reporter: aaa says 39 million americans will travel 59 miles or more this long weekend. that's 1 million fewer than last year. >> reporter: you can blame the pain at pump. the national average for unleaded now $3.54 a gallon, down from the high of $3.98 on may 4th. but still 80 cents higher than a year ago. >> it's still tough because we're still kind of transitioning from how high the gas prices were so we've got in the habit of
NBC
Jul 15, 2011 7:00am PDT
that breaking news over night in boston where two delta planes collided. nbc's tom costello covers aviation for us in washington. good morning. >> delta flight 226 heading to europe and delta regional jet atlantic southeast flight headed to raleigh, durham, north carolina. neither plane ended up going anywhere last night. passengers aboard two planes got quite a jolt thursday evening when their jets collided on the tarmac. >> it looked awfully close. it just clipped it. the tip of the wing just sheered right off. >> reporter: the larger jet, a delta boeing 767, bound for amsterdam, was preparing to take off when it struck a commuter jet, slicing through its tail and alarming passengers. >> the whole plane jostled. so we rocked side to side. >> a really big shock. >> reporter: the commuter jet heading to north carolina suffered major damage to the tail and horizontal stabilizer and the collision came for a rude awakening for one of its passengers. >> i was half asleep. the next thing you know there was a bang. we all wondered what happened. the pilot came on and said we were clipped
MSNBC
Jul 21, 2011 12:00pm EDT
sunrise at cape canaveral, marking the official end to the 30-year space shuttle program. tom costello has more. >> reporter: good day to you. it was a very early morning for all of us here at the kennedy space center but well worth getting up so early, as we watched "atlantis" come in for its final mission, its final landing here at the kennedy space center and wrapping up all of the missions over a 30-year history. here now, the sights and sounds as "atlantis" came to a wheel stop on runway 15 at the kennedy space center. >> landing gear down and locked. having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time, its voyage at an end. >> after serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history and has come to a final stop. >> we copy your wheel stop. we'll take this opportunity to congratulate you, "atlantis," as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space-faring nation who truly empowered this incredible space craft which for three de
MSNBC
Jul 14, 2011 6:00am EDT
screenings and pat-down, yesterday it heard them from congress. here's nbc's tom costello with details of the contentious hearing on the hill. >> reporter: with tactics already making it one of the most ridiculed government agencies, members of congress interrupted and talked to the top tsa administrator even ac argues amtrak police dogs would do a better job than the airport scanners. >> give me one of his dogs and we'll find that bomb before you find that bomb. >> reporter: the tsa acknowledged 25,000 security breaches since the agency was founded in the months after 9/11. that's over ten years at 450 airports. on average, 5 1/2 breaches we are airport per year. everything from a misplaced bag to doors left open and passengers walking into secure area, but also more serious scenarios. like the man who recently flew across country on an old boarding pass and expired i.d. the stun gun found on a jet pt blue flight last week, or fake weapons regularly smuggled tlud by tsa auditors while think conduct at every airport every year, it said it only conducted joint inspections with the fbi at 17% o
NBC
Jul 9, 2011 5:00am PDT
after the shuttle had cleared the tower. for today, tom costello, nbc news, cape canaveral. >> cool venue. >> little margaritaville never hurt anybody. >> in the morning. >> melissa, good morning. >> good morning, everyone. we begin in washington where the white house and congressional leaders are gearing up for rare weekend talks on the debt ceiling. mike is live at the white house with more. mike, good morning. >>> we've entered a critical weekend here in washington, the default, the full faith and credit of the united states government hangs in the balance. the question is, will there be the so-called grand bargain that a lot of people are whispering about behind the scenes, a $4 trillion cut to this nation's deficit. do they have the votes to do that in congress is the question? do they have the time or it could all fall apart over the question of politics. the question is, will republicans allow spending in the tax code as they spend it here, or eliminated tax breaks and subsidies to some corporations and special interests in order to get that deal. melissa? >> thank you so muc
NBC
Jul 21, 2011 7:00am EDT
sort it out. >>> let's begin with the dramatic end to the shuttle program this morning. tom costello is at the kennedy space center. you had a front row seat, what was it like? >> it was a dramatic and emotional day here. and now it's over. the space shuttle program ongoing for 30 years since '81 is now in the history books. "atlantis" came down at 5:37 eastern time. "atlantis" tracked 307 days in orbit. it came to rest on runway 1-5. the sights and sounds as "atlantis" came in for a landing. >> landing gear down and locked. having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time, its voyage at an end. >> houston, after serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle earned its place in history. it's come to a final stop. >> we copy stop and we take this opportunity to congratulate you, "atlantis" and the passionate individuals across this great space-faring nation who empowered this spacecraft which for three decades inspired millions around the globe. job well done, america. >> thanks.
NBC
Jul 22, 2011 7:00am EDT
, everything came to a close. nbc's tom costello is in cocoa beach, florida, a town hit hard at the end of the shuttle program. good morning. >> good morning to you. all the shuttles are going to be tourist attractions, but for the communities up and down the space coast, cocoa beach, titusville, came canaveral, they're all just trying to hold off. the air code along florida space coast says it all, three, two, one, a nod to nasa and the life blood of this place. at its peak, 17,000 people worked on the shuttle program at cape canaveral. thousands more lived off the spin-off jobs. but with the loss of 9,000 of those nasa jobs, the space cost is looking more like a ghost coast, abandoned shopping malls, boarded up store fronts, homes cut in half. making it hard to move on for another job. for 11 years james has worked as an engineer at the shuttle's communications and tracking systems. his last day at work will be tomorrow. >> everybody is looking for the same job. there is not as many jobs as there are people. so you just have to hone your skills and stay on the education and, you know,
NBC
Jul 21, 2011 7:00am PDT
. tom costello is at the kennedy space center. you had a front row seat. what was it like? >> it was a dramatic day and an emotional day for everybody here and it is not over. america's space shuttle program, 30 years ongoing since 1980, '81, actually is how in the history books. "atlantis" came down at 5:57 eastern time, it was its 33rd mission. in all, it's trekked 25 million miles, 327 days in orbit and at 5:57 this morning it came on rest on runway 15. here now the sights and sounds as "atlantis" came in for a landing. >> landing gear down and locked. having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, its place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port for the last time. its voyage at an end. >> and mission complete, houston. after serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history. it's come to its final stop. >> we copy your stop and we'll take this opportunity to congratulate you, "atlantis" as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great space-faring nation who truly empowered this incredibl
CNN
Jul 5, 2011 11:00am EDT
costello with some of your responses. hey, carol. >> yeah, today's question, what does the dsk case say about our justice system. this from tom. he says it just displays at the highest levels the difficulties women prosecuting for sexual assault face. think of the teenagers nationwide who keep quiet to avoid being called a liar. this from g.l., thanks for clearing something up. shouldn't matter what she said to her boyfriend after the fact. and the u.s. justice system has become a television drama for its people. the united states needs to rework some privacy laws so people aren't subjected to slander by the american public if charges are ever laid against them without being proved guilty. this from eddie. he says it says money, power, respect, rules of our land, i feel so bad for this woman. we all have lied at some point in our lives. we all know someone who did something illegal. does that mean you should shut up and stay a victim? you can see more responses at facebook.com/carolcnn. keep the conversation going. thanks as always for your comments. >>> you told us what you wanted to s
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